10 Questions for … Billy Crystal Fight Night, helping to raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as well as numerous other charities. Here’s a little from Crystal. You have attended Fight Night before. What makes this event so special? It’s about Muhammad Ali. Even in silence we embrace him. It’s also about the social strata that come to embrace him.
What four people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner? J.F.K., Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin and Babe Ruth. What historical figures do you admire the most? My parents.
Where would you most like to live? At the short stop position for the New York Yankees, but L.A. is OK for now. The middle name of this actor and comedian might as well be “good will,” because that’s what people feel when they hear “Billy Crystal.” He’s done so many memorable movies it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ll just pick just one: “City Slickers.” No, make that two: “When Harry Met Sally.” That’s enough. He’s also emceed the Academy Awards like no one else. Billy Crystal is a regular at Celebrity
You are donating another dinner to this event with you and Robin Williams. Why do you think so many celebrities donate their time to this event? Because you get to eat in a great restaurant.
What can Celebrity Fight Night Founder’s Club members expect from your show on March 18 at the new Musical Instrument Museum? It’s much like an Actor’s Studio interview. David Steinberg will conduct an informal interview. What do you dislike about your appearance? When I wake up I look in the mirror and see my uncle Al.
On what occasion do you fib or exaggerate? When I’m on stage or pulled over by a cop. What historic musician or group would you like to see in concert? The Beatles. What’s your most cherished inanimate possession? My autographed 1923 old Yankees Stadium seat signed by Mickey Mantle. It says, “Wishing you were sitting here. Wishing I was still playing.”
January/February 2011 Issue of Trends Magazine